What Toastmasters Can Do For You
Toastmasters will give you the skills and confidence you need to effectively express yourself in any situation. Whether you are a professional, student, stay-at-home parent or retiree, Toastmasters is the most efficient, enjoyable and affordable way of gaining great communication skills. By learning to effectively formulate and express your ideas, you open an entirely new world of possibilities. You’ll be more persuasive and confident when giving presentations, and you’ll improve your one-on-one dealings with others.
Everyone in a Toastmasters meeting was once at the level you are now. The environment is friendly and supportive, and the self-paced
program allows you to build confidence with each speaking assignment. Constructive evaluation is the heart of the Toastmasters program. Each time you give a prepared speech, an evaluator will point out strengths and suggest improvements. At first you’ll be applauded for your effort; later you’ll be applauded for your skill.
Upon joining a Toastmasters club, each new member receives manuals (see below) and resources about how to become a better speaker and a more confident leader. Members also have access to a wide variety of books and educational resources. In addition, they receive the award winning Toastmaster, a monthly magazine that offers the latest insights about speaking and leadership techniques.
Update: Toastmasters International launched a new educational platform this year called Pathways. We will be updating this webpage with more information on Pathways later this year. Thank you for your patience.
New members begin with the Competent Communicator (CC) Manual, which requires completion of 10 speeches, each with a specific objective. These are self-paced and members choose their own topics for their speeches. Every projects builds upon what you've learned in the preceding project. You will learn the importance of organization, speech purpose, body language, vocal variety and more. An evaluator will give you verbal and written feedback on every speech you present.
New members also begin with a Compentent Leadership (CL) Manual, which requires the completion of 10 projects - each focusing on a different leadership skill. For most projects, you can choose from a list of several meeting roles to serve in; others require you to help your club in other ways. These projects also involve some speaking in the meeting, which further helps your communication. When you complete a project, a leadership evalutor will give you feedback.
Once the Competent Communicator (CC) and Competent Leader (CL) are achieved, members may begin using advanced manuals and work towards other awards including: Advanced Communicator (AC), Advanced Leader (AL) and Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM). Click the image below to see the full Education Program Flowchart.
Finding the Right Solution for your Needs
Different parts of the Toastmasters program can help you fulfill your goals for personal and professional growth. Click each solution to learn more.
Speaking in front of a group
Toastmasters Speeches and Video Tips
How to Offer Feedback
Constructive feedback in a Toastmasters meeting contributes to continued skill development, building the confidence a person needs to reach his or her goals. Learn how to critique the performance, not the person.
Speech: Pamela Olsen
Pamela Olsen was a former member of the Essex Toastmasters club. With her business in NYC, she has now become a member (and President) of the NY Toastmasters club. She still visits her friends at Essex TM, and we wish her all the best!
Finding Speech Topics
What should your speech be about? Should you stick to the topics you know, or explore a new subject? Get answers to these questions and more.
Five Basic Public Speaking Tips
Looking for public speaking tips? Learn five ways to help ensure your next speech is a success.